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Vol. 44, No. 55

July 12, 2010

Fourteen Missouri Tech Students Earn National Honors

The national Technology Student Association recently recognized 14 Missouri students for outstanding performance at its 32nd annual conference, held June 28 to July 2 in Baltimore.

The event attracted more than 4,500 middle school and high school students from across the United States and Germany. Students participated in hands-on competitions based on the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

 “It is exciting to see student interest in STEM continue to grow,” said W. Doug Miller, state TSA adviser at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. “In addition to the leadership opportunities that TSA provides, events like these provide an important focus for students to apply and excel in what they are learning in the classroom.”

With guidance from their TSA chapter advisers, 62 students at 12 Missouri schools prepared throughout the school year to compete with their peers in nearly 50 events.

Missouri’s 2010 top finishers are:

First Place

Debating Technological Issues (Team)

Stewart Pence and Ethan Putman

Franklin Technology Center, Joplin

Essays on Technology

Stewart Pence

Franklin Technology Center, Joplin

Second Place

CAD Engineering with Animation

Kyle Reece

Blue Springs South High School

Third Place

Extemporaneous Presentation

Stewart Pence

Franklin Technology Center, Joplin

Music Production (Team)

Jacob Malgun, Patrick Johnson and Kelsee Guynn

Farmington High School

Top 10 Finalists

Film (Team)

Nicholas Dismang, Gary Galeski, Nicholas Huddleston, Matt Malinski and Lincoln Purvis

North Callaway High School, Kingdom City

CAD Engineering with Animation

Trevor Wilson

Blue Springs South High School

Agriculture and Biotechnology Design (Team)

Adam Rufkahr and Nathan Dismang

North Callaway High School, Kingdom City

In addition, the inaugural VEX Robotics “Swept Away” championship and special sessions presented by industry representatives offered students an exciting platform for learning about career opportunities.

Missouri TSA serves middle school and high school students pursuing interests in technology and engineering-related careers. The Missouri affiliate of the national TSA organization consists of nine state regions with more than 50 local chapters.

2010 National TSA Conference Results